It is believed that there are three forms of visual art : Painting is art to look at, sculpture is art you can walk around, and architecture is art you can walk through While you walk down the streets of Ahmedabad, this is one place where you will experience the treasure trove of Gujarati architecture.
A unique edifice celebrating the teachings of Swaminarayan faith is an amazing example of great craftsmanship and sandstone carvings. The famous Akshardham temple temple, located at Gandhi Nagar, is visited by over 2 million visitors annually. This architecturally diaphanous masterpiece is a symbol of humanity and has glorified the Indian Culture. The temple houses idol of Hindu Lord Swaminarayan, the founder of Swaminarayan Faith.
This 10 storey high temple is one of the architectural marvels of the century. Akshardham Temple is made out of 6,000 tonnes of pink sandstones, placed intricately together. The most amazing part of this splendor is that not even a single iron rod was used to construct the temple. Its just the accurate placement of the stones that brought out this bewitching building. The temple is a work of 900 skilled craftsmen who created 93 sculpted pillars, 40 windows carved from both sides, and a feast of forms and filigrees.
Innumerable tourists and Hindu devout visit this holy place to discover its designs, devotion, inspiration, calm and sooth. The temple has renowned itself nationally as well as internationally. It is first of its kind, not only in India but in the world. While you make a trip to Ahmedabad, a visit to Akshardham is a must.